Sue’s 2019 Holiday Workshop

Registration is Open for Sue’s 2019 Holiday WorkshoP

The theme for this years Holiday Workshop is Mad for Plaid

We will be making several plaid themed projects along a few other non-plaid items.
Plaid Attire is not required but highly encouraged.

Here’s what to Expect…

  • Christmas Cards We will be making several Christmas Cards and Tags including the Merry Christmas Black Buffalo Plaid card pictured above.  (more samples to come)

  • NEW this year… a  Buffalo Plaid Hot Cocoa bar with yummy toppings to warm you up.   (Hopefully… Snow Not Included!)

      • I’ll also have fun Buffalo Plaid Party Props perfect for a picture or two with friends.  (party props from Oriental Trading)

The cost of the Holiday Workshop is $45…
which includes your workshop supplies*, hot lunch, Hot Cocoa Bar, yummy cookies and lots of prizes.  Did I mention every wins a prize?

Sue’s Holiday Workshop will be held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
200 S. Main St., Washington, IL  in the church’s large Family Life Center.
Great lighting and plenty of space.  It’s going to be a fun day.

The Workshop is limited to 20 spots.
So…Invite a friend and reserve your spot today.

RSVP: suesholidayworkshop@yahoo.com
Payment is due by Nov. 1st.

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Cardmaking with Vinyl

Happy World Cardmaking Day!

To celebrate World Cardmaking Day I thought I’d share a few cards made with

StyleTechCraft adhesive vinyl.

I created this card for my Grandson Nick’s 9th birthday last weekend.

He was very impressed.  (it could have just been the money included in the card)

Using StyleTechCrafts Ultra Metallic Vinyl* and my Silhouette Cameo Cutting Machine*

it was easy to create a card using basic fonts included with the machine.

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And…if you like the look of a Glittery Card at Christmas but hate the mess it leaves.

You can create simple Holiday cards using StyleTechCrafts Transparent Glitter Vinyl* 

and you won’t have glitter hanging around your studio for months and months.

I love the look of the Chrome Vinyl on this simple Christmas Card.  

It looks likes it’s embossed.  (but it’s not!)

This month the StyleTechCraft Design Team was asked to post about their favorite vinyl.

That’s kind of like asking us to pick our favorite child.

It all depends on what you’re doing and which one you need.  (kids and vinyl)

 Styletech Craft products brought to you by ATSM Craft

“This is a sponsored post.  As a member of the StyleTechCraft Design Team I have been provided compensation and product in exchange for my creative ideas.  The views and opinions are my own.

Happy Harvest Wreath Card

Happy Harvest Wreath Card

Sometimes when I’m creating a card…the process is easy and it works out the first time.

Most of the time it takes a couple of tries to get the look I want.

Yesterday, was no exception.

I was playing with my new Hello Fall Stamp and Die Set from Maker’s Movement,

trying to come up with a quick and simple card to share.

I’ll be honest, It took me all afternoon to come up with this one card.

I had an image in my mind of what I wanted the card to look like and I wasn’t quite getting it.

Usually when it comes to creating fall cards, I use traditional Autumn colors.

After setting the finish card down and coming back to it a couple times…

I decided to change the background to something softer.

Not my usual fall colors, but, I like it much better.  (I hope you do too.)

Happy Harvest Wreath Card Supplies Used:

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  • Draw a light circle using a pencil on a piece of watercolor paper.
  • Using my tombow markers I colored directly onto the clear acrylic stamp.
  • Center the small wheat stamp on the circle line and stamp.
  • Continue until the circle is complete.
  • Cut wreath out with a bigger circle.

  • Stamp the words “Happy Harvest” and cut out using the matching die.  Using thin foam mounting squares to raise the words,  mount “Happy Harvest” onto the corner of the wreath.
  • Create greenery by coloring onto the small leaf stamp using a darker green marker and coloring in with a lighter marker.  Cut around image and layer under the “Happy Harvest” words.
  • Add additional soft layers and ribbon to complete the look.

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Creepin’ it Real Halloween Card

Creepin’ it Real…

When it comes to Halloween, I’m not into scary and gore.  (I’m too big of a chicken.)

I’m all about the C-A-N-D-Y!

I love Halloween Parades and seeing the little kids in their cute costumes.

I’m into “Halloween cute”.

The Trick or Treat Stamp Set and Die Set from Maker’s Movement is “Halloween Cute”.  

Sweet little Halloween characters with just the right amount of attitude.

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Trick of Treat Yo’self Treat Box

I made a couple extra of the Halloween cut outs to make a few treat boxes.

FYI…the Kraft Paper Window Boxes are from Clear Bags.

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How to make a Happy Haunts Pop Up Card

Happy Haunts Pop-Up Card

Add a little dimension to your Halloween season with this sweet and simple pop up card.

The Happy Haunts stamp and die set from Maker’s Movement.

The stamp set comes with three adorable pumpkin stamps and 12 spooky and sweet faces

to match any Halloween mood.  The die set comes with a whimsical Halloween neighborhood,

a cute little bat and three perfect pumpkin dies to cut out your stamped pumpkins.

A HALLOWEEN STAMP AND DIE SET THIS FUN DESERVES A PLAYFUL CARD. 

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Happy Haunts Pop-Up Supplies Used:

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How to make a Happy Haunts Pop Up Card:

  • First, pick out some fun patterned paper.  There are so many cute patterns available to choose from it really doesn’t matter if it’s the same as mine.
  • Stamp your pumpkins on orange patterned paper.  If your paper is thin, run the strip of orange paper through the Xyron Create a Sticker Mini* and place it onto black cardstock.

  • One pumpkin stamp has a hole in the center with space to add a face.  Perfect for stamping multiples.
  • You’ll need to stamp 7 pumpkins.

  • Cut two 2 1/2″ x 6 strips of black patterned paper.
  • Tip:  Run both pieces of paper, pattern side up, through the Xyron Create a Sticker Mini*  to add adhesive to the back of the paper.  This is really helpful when die-cutting intricate shapes.
  • Adhere one strip onto a piece of black cardstock before die-cutting.  (this will be used for the inside of card.)
  • Die-cut both strips of paper using the house die.  (one is a sticker for the front of the card.)
  • Add thin foam mounting squares* to the back of the die-cut houses with the black cardstock.  (Tip:  cut a few foam mounting squares in half before applying.)

I couldn’t find the perfect night sky background for my card so I created my own.  

  • Cut a 3 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ piece of watercolor paper.
  • Using an ink applicator, rub blue dye ink onto the surface of the paper.
  • Add a few swirls of white ink onto the paper.
  • Using a mini spray bottle, lightly mist the paper with water.  The water will allow the inks to blend leaving a soft speckled appearance on the paper.
  • Dry with hair dryer.

If you have the perfect background paper, you can eliminate these steps.↑

  • Cut a piece of green patterned paper 5 3/4″ x 7 1/2″ and fold in half lengthwise.
  • Cut a piece of patterned paper (mine was woodgrain) 3 3/4″ x 5 3/4″.  Adhere this paper onto one half of the green patterned paper.
  • On the outside folded edge, make a pencil mark at 1 1/4″ and 4 1/2″.  (see diagram)
  • Cut a 3/4″ line up on each measurement.
  • Score and fold paper between cuts.  (Use a bone folder for crisper folds.)

  • Open card and push folded and scored section into middle of the card.

  • Lay the neighborhood die-cut onto your blue background.  Use a pencil to trace the bottom swirl of the die-cut.
  • Cut paper along pencil line.
  • Adhere the cut top of the blue background paper onto the top of the brown woodgrain paper on the inside of your card.
  • Using the house die-cut with the black cardstock and foam mounting squares, adhere the neighborhood over the edge of the blue background paper.

  • Add three pumpkins to the front of the center pop-up.  On the middle pumpkin add a foam mounting square for extra dimension.
  • Adhere a couple pumpkins to the background.

  • Add black die-cut bat with a foam mounting square to the sky background.
  • Add an extra pumpkin or two and stamp the words “Trick or Treat” to finish off the inside.
  • Cut a piece of black cardstock 6″ x 7 3/4″.  Fold in half to create outside card.
  • Center and adhere the pop-up section into the center of the black card.  Adhere one half section at a time.)

  • Decorate front of the card similar to the inside of the card.

For a completely different look, a simple watercolored card made with the same pumpkins.

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Cardmaking with Jillibean Soup’s Rainbow Roux

Cardmaking with Jillibean Soup’s Rainbow Roux

Last month, I had the honor of being a Guest Designer on the Jillibean Soup Blog.

As you may know, Jillibean Soup is one of my favorite companies so I was pretty excited.

Here is a link to the post on the Jillibean Soup Blog.

“This is a sponsored post.  I have been provided product in exchange for my creative ideas.  The views and opinions are my own.”

Being chosen as a Guest Designer was Amazeballs.  (get it?)

I was given a nice box of goodies including the Rainbow Roux Collection* to work with.

I was told have fun and make 3-4 projects using the products in the box.  (not hard to do)

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I used the Rainbow Roux Pea Pod Parts Die-Cuts* and my Xyron Create a Sticker Mini*

to make quick work of assembling the cards.

This collection was so much fun to work with.

I think the Rainbow Roux Collection* is such a sweet and feel good collection.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You to Jillibean Soup for picking this “Limited Edition” gal.

This was one of my favorite projects using Jillibean Soups Mix the Media products. 

“May your Journey Always Lead You Home” supplies used:

Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting System

Recently, I was asked by The Maker’s Movement to try out the Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting System* to see how I liked it.  (Always anxious to try something new, I quickly agreed.)

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The machine is compact and portable.  Easy to store and carry.

You can use the Crossover II* with thin metal paper dies, fabric dies and steel rule dies.

The Crossover II Fabric and Paper Cutting System*is similar to other manual cutting systems and uses a “sandwich” configuration with three plates.  (included with the machine)

  • White Base Plate
  • Metal Adapter Plate
  • Clear Top Plate

This is my favorite part of the machine, the adjustable rollers and pressure settings. 

This was the real game changer for me.

It adjusts for multiple layers and allows you to be able to cut a variety of thicknesses.

Not just for paper…

the Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting System* can cut fabric, faux leather, craft foam,

chipboard, felt and several other materials.

Here’s a quick little video showing the Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting System*in action.

Along with the Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting System* I received a few dies from

Maker’s Movement to play with as well.

I created this quick card using paper scraps from Graphic 45 and a combination of the dies

I received from The Maker’s Movement.   I love the tiny foliage stamp I used on the background.

It’s from the Hello Spring Collection.

I liked using the Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting System*especially it’s versatility.

A good little machine to have on hand.